- A 16-year-old boy has married 71-year-old woman against numerous odds
- The pair had threatened to kill themselves if their wedding was to be stopped
- The marriage ceremony was okayed by village elder after couple’s death threats
Residents of Karangendah village in western South Sumatra province, Indonesia, are still in shock after 16-year-old boy, who under ordinary circumstances should be in school, got married to a 71-year-old widow.
The odd couple, Selamat Riayadi and Rohaya, had a traditional wedding after their union was reportedly approved by the village elder popularly known as Kuswoyo.
Local media outlets claim that the pair had threatened to kill themselves if their marriage was not going to be permitted, thus forcing their respective families and area leaders to give in.
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The acceptable minimum age for boys to wed anyone’s daughter in Indonesia is 19. But some religions in the country have reportedly created room for much younger boys to get married. Selamat and his widowed lover Rohaya are believed to be exploiting this loophole.
Rohaya, according to Indonesian media, had been married and widowed twice before she met young Selamat, with whom she has admittedly fallen in love beyond measure.
The twosome are said to be so madly in love with each other that they are ready to die together if anyone attempts to split them.
For this couple, their huge age difference doesn’t mean anything.
Watch video of the bizarre marriage: